by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Published: 22 October 2013
Katherine Tegen Books, Hardcover, 526 pages
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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST 2 BOOKS.
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
Right now I’m just completely flabbergasted. My mind is taking some time to wrap around the events or well, an event, in Allegiant, the last installment in the Divergent trilogy. I honestly won’t be doing much analysis on the book, this is going to be more of my feelings about Allegiant.
Firstly, I do not think this was the best ending for this spectacular trilogy. There was so much potential in such a highly anticipated finale but it unfortunately fell short. I feel this way not even because of the controversial ending! The truth of Tris’s society wasn’t as original as I had hoped it would be but it would explain why so many readers feel that they would be Divergent had they been in that fictional world.
The conflicts raised in Allegiant were somewhat reasonable but each one was poorly linked to the next. The whole book was pretty anti-climatic, hence making it seem as if the crazy ending was only there to make the whole book more ‘exciting’. Honestly, I expected so much more from Veronica Roth as the ending felt extremely unnecessary to me.
I did actually come across some of Veronica Roth’s interview about why she concluded the trilogy the way she did but personally, it seemed like there were so many other directions she could’ve gone with the end that would do the whole story more justice. However, I do not dislike Allegiant as much as I did Mockingjay (one of the worst endings ever) since Tris and Tobias were still the amazing characters they’ve always been.
Although told in duo POV, Allegiant seemed more of Tobias’s story as we get to understand a lot more about Tris’s mysterious counterpart. I do think it showed more of Tobias’s flaws and imperfections but brought much depth to his personality.
Allegiant was not downright bad but if you’re looking for an action packed and substantially emotional ending, you might want to skip this and just imagine your very own. Despite my repellence to the mysterious ending I keep mentioning, I’m quite positive I would be bawling my eyes out when the Allegiant movie is released.
In conclusion, I’m just going to go back to the daze I was in because I have no idea how to conclude this. There’s an insane emotional storm inside me right now and I do know many fans have experienced or will experience it after reading Allegiant too. Whether negative or positive, you definitely won’t be left with nothing to say about this finale.
13 thoughts on “Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth”
I just finished this book last night and am still caught up in how it ended. Almost feeling down right pissed. Glad I’m not the only one. Did you read Mockingjay too? That was also disappointing but I really didn’t care for the ending of this.
I disliked Mockingjay more because Katniss turned so weak while for Allegiant, I just felt that Veronica Roth made a wrong choice in where the story went & I strongly disagreed with it.
I agree. Katniss just kind of settled… also the book took forever for me to finish. Kind of a sign that I wasn’t in to reading it.
I see you are reading the City Of… books as well… how are you liking them?
I love The Mortal Instruments! But I actually prefer its prequel, The Infernal Devices. AMAZING books.
I haven’t read those… perhaps I will check them out. Different characters?
Yup! & it’s set in the Victorian Era.
Hmmm… well I definitely will look into it. Thanks.
For me, it made sense. I understood why Veronica took the story down that path, it made sense to me, in regards to the characters, I just don’t think it would’ve rung true otherwise. Then again, I’ve never been that invested in the characters or the story, I mean, I like the series, but it wasn’t my favorite, and I wasn’t desperately waiting to see what would happen. I’m not going to lie, Allegiant totally made me cry though. I wasn’t expecting to end the way that it did. That being said, I wasn’t blown away by it, it was so long and the pacing was slow. And maybe I read it wrong, but I didn’t get the larger context, if felt so contained and I wish it included that angle, I mean, it might as well as, being as big as it was.
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I, unfortunately, got kinda spoiled for the ending. I just felt that particular devastating scene had too many loopholes and hence, the brave decision made there seemed more rash than courageous. Moreover, the truth about Tris’s world could’ve been more well developed, I wished for better world-building for the outside world. It honestly isn’t a bad book but it’s jus that Veronica Roth has set the bar so high with Divergent & Insurgent, Allegiant really fell short.
I totally agree. I don’t have issue with the fact of what happened and I totally get what Veronica was going for with the overarching story, but I don’t think she executed the plot well here. There were too many plot holes, too many obviously better solutions to the dilemma the characters were faced with for their decisions to make any sense. I think if Veronica wanted to have this ending, she needed to come up with a better storyline in which it would happen — this one just made the ending unnecessary. I think she rushed the book and didn’t think things through very well.
Yes! I really would’ve rather she took a longer time thinking through the ending. Even a delayed Allegiant would be better than a rushed one!
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